Look up the use of adverbs in writing, and the response you’ll get from many editors and writers is an uncategorical, “AVOID THEM!”

One would think that the adverb might have a status right up there with the adjective as an untouchable, revered aspect of descriptive writing. Apparently not.

Just look and see what Stephen King has to say in The Adverb is Not Your Friend.

Elmore Leonard, the New York Times writer, wrote, “To use an adverb this way (or almost any way) is a mortal sin.”

Have a look here to see some of the reasons why so many writers are anti-adverb.  (Apparently, J.K. Rowling isn’t one of them.)

Whether you are on the pro-adverb or anti-adverb side, the text analysis tools provided by COW (Creative Online Writing) will prove useful.

I’m sure if Stephen King wrote a story in COW, he would be very happy with a stats report showing an adverb goose-egg.